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2021 Montreat Youth Conference

June 6–August 7, 2021Youth
A Montreat Conference Center program.
Week 1 June 6–12
Week 2 June 13–19
Week 3 July 11–17
Week 4 July 18–24
Week 5 July 25–31
Week 6 August 1–7

A Montreat Youth Conference affirms youth in their calling to be and to shape the church of Jesus Christ.
Our desire is to help youth come to know and believe that they are the beloved of God and to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. We seek to be an inclusive space where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge is expected, and where all are embraced.

Youth leave Montreat knowing that:

Their faith matters.
They are loved as they are.
They are part of a community of faith.

Worship & Keynote

Worship and keynote engage youth in the theme and challenge all in attendance to faith exploration and growth. Using scripture, Reformed theology, and song, youth are affirmed and united as children of God. During keynote, everyone gathers for group building, announcements, and song. During worship, youth hear the Word of God proclaimed in word, song, and action.

Small Group

Small group is a place where youth can share their journey of faith with peers through respectful and empathetic conversations. Small group sessions are led by trained adult leaders who facilitate honest discussions about the themes presented in keynote and worship. It is an important time where youth can dive deeper into the conference theme, while forming bonds and making dear friends with youth outside of their congregation.

Recreation

We engage youth physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in events that build up the Christian community and communion while having fun! We believe that people who can play together can pray together; people who can sing together can talk together; and people who can dance together can walk together.

Back Home Time

Evenings with back home groups are a time for youth and adult leaders to spend together in discussion, prayer, and preparation for the next day of the conference. Our hope is that experiences in keynote, worship, small groups, and recreation will provide all the content youth need to have some meaningful conversations with their back home group. Materials are provided to help adult leaders debrief the amazing events and emotions of each day with their youth.


Planning to Gather

We miss being together. We feel strongly that being together in community is one of the main ways we live our call to Christian discipleship.

So, in the hopes that pandemic circumstances will improve to allow us to be on site together in 2021, our directors, planning teams, and leaders for Youth and Middle School conferences are at work to create on site, in person conference experiences. They have met virtually to select themes for each conference, and in January our leaders will take the next steps toward building these conferences. Both teams emphasized the central importance of making connections with one another and with God, and of course we know that conferences allow for that growth to happen in a unique way.

Being together next summer may require some modifications for maintaining social distance and maximizing time outdoors. As the summer approaches we will be preparing those modifications and telling you about them. Get ready! We will modify as we go according to what’s required!

Prepared for Adaptation

Even as we plan for gathering, we have to be prepared for just about anything. Last spring taught us that we can adapt to some curveballs when necessary. Between March and June we had multiple conference plans – from “normal” to “online” and a few in between – on the table all at once.

If necessary, we’ll adapt again. Our goal is to be together, and we hope that means face to face. But we’ll be prepared to adapt if the pandemic and good sense require it.


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Key Leadership

Youth Conference Weeks 1 & 2

Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman

Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman – Keynote Leader

I joyfully share my life with my partner, husband, and met-at-Montreat-love Blair and our two creative, wild children Hank and Ruthie. I have the privilege of serving Christ alongside the saints of First Presbyterian in Statesboro. My hobbies are sewing, chasing our flock of chickens, and staying up past bedtime to read. I am excited to be with you at Montreat!

Amos Disasa

Amos Disasa – Preacher

The Reverend Amos Jerman Disasa is the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. Previously, he served as the Co-Pastor at Downtown Church in Columbia, S.C., a new PC(USA) church that chartered in 2014 with 230 members and has more than doubled in size since then. Amos is married to Sarah Disasa and has two children, Abraham and Shepherd.

Youth Conference Weeks 3 & 4

Julianne & Brad Clayton

Julianne & Brad Clayton – Keynote Leader

Brad and Julianne live in Tallahassee, FL with their two dogs Kaylee and Clyde, and their cat Kat Middleton. Brad is the Senior Minister at Faith Presbyterian Church and grew up attending Montreat each summer. Julianne has a background in youth ministry work, hosts a weekly podcast, and is studying for a M.A. in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership. In their spare time, they love watching The Office and The Great British Baking Show, taking trips to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Rev. Dr. Damon P. Williams

Rev. Dr. Damon P. Williams – Preacher

Rev. Damon P. Williams, Ph.D. is the supportive husband of the Rev. Dr. Khalia J. Williams and they are parents of two Sons, Master Thomas Christian Williams and Master Ethan Miles Williams. Dr. Williams considers his family his greatest accomplishment as he is a loving husband and father. Rev. Williams also loves his church family where he is honored to serve as the Senior Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta.

Paul Demer

Paul Demer – Music Leader

Paul Demer is a singer-songwriter, record producer, worship leader, and outreach musician. Paul connects with diverse audiences in living rooms, bars, churches, nursing homes, and hospitals in his hometown of Dallas, TX and across the country.

Omayra González-Méndez – Recreation Leader

Omayra L. Gonzalez Mendez is news editor, movie lover, super passionate about the church and a new mom. From media reports, pictures and videos, she takes every free minute to work in different organizations of the Presbyterian Church, both locally and internationally. As an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Hato Rey, she works in different committees and group. Understand that all parts of the church are equally important. So she can take a summer to sit and follow the committees of the General Assembly of the PCUSA, and fly the next day to lead recreation in a youth event. All matters of the church, processes and creation, fascinated her.

Youth Conference Weeks 5 & 6

Melanie Marsh-Baum

Melanie Marsh-Baum – Keynote Leader

Melanie Marsh Baum is an artist, a dancer and a creative spirit. She is also an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA. Melanie holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from Florida State University, and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before going into Ministry, Melanie worked in the Performing Arts, Arts Education, and community activism in Central Florida and Southern California. She is currently serving as Senior Pastor at Community Presbyterian Church in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

Jon Brown

Jon Brown – Keynote Leader

Jon is a Presbyterian minister, father, artist, friend and life-long spiritual nerd boy who now serves as pastor of a multicultural congregation in Jersey City. His work has included being Director of Mission Interpretation for the Presbyterian Church (USA), Program Director at Montreat, and worship coordinator for two Presbyterian Youth Trienniums. Jon is excited to be back at Montreat this summer and can’t wait to share Keynote with his good friend and colleague, Melanie!

Laura Becker

Laura Becker – Preacher

Laura is a child of God, wife, mom of two teenagers, pastor, and now-expert Zoom preacher with a passion for social justice who loves TV political dramas and Broadway musicals.

David Ealy

David Ealy – Music Leader

A crazy man with a crazy life who is met everyday by God's grace in a marvelous wife (Mandy) and two awesome daughters (Rachel and Natalie). Music and graphic arts are almost as important as chocolate to him.

Mich Phillips – Recreation Leader

Mich lives in the ever changing weather state of Kansas, smack dab in the mid-west. She is currently serving as the Director of Christian Education and Congregational Ministries at The Kirk on the other side of the Heartland in Missouri. Michelle or Mich as most call her, enjoys evening movies outside with her family and friends.

Conference Registration Info

We want you to be as informed as possible before you register! We've created a page with a lot of information pertaining to registration, conference participation, and cost. We highly encourage you to read it before filling out the registration form. It should answer a lot of your questions.

Scholarships

Limited scholarships are available for this conference.

Conference Fee

Before April 1
($100 deposit)
After April 1
(paid in full)
Conference Registration

  • Housing & meals not included.
  • Includes $5 community services fee
$280 $330
Registration Fee
Individual Registration
(Only available Weeks 1 & 6)

  • Includes Conference Center housing & meals.
  • Includes $5 community services fee
$625 ($100 deposit)

Housing Fee

Housing information and fees is not available at this time.

Refunds & Cancellations

Please view the Youth Conference Registration FAQ for information regarding refunds and cancellations.

Participation

Conference Participant

The Montreat Youth Conferences are designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors, and their group leaders. Although you are required to have at least one fully registered adult (aka "Back Home Leader") in your group, we recommend one registered adult chaperone for every six youth that attend the conference. Adults must be housed with their youth.

Jeremiah Project

Rising juniors and seniors who have previously participated in a Montreat Youth Conference may apply to be part of a special small group that prepares for worship leadership, participates in keynote and discusses vocation. Back Home Leaders will receive more information about Jeremiah Project sixty days before their conference begins.

Jeremiah Project applications are not yet live. Check back later.
Collegiate Work Crew

We are looking for college students who want to attend the conference with their church groups. They will have the chance to help the conference planning team during the week. They will work behind the scenes, learn the ropes, and get a close-up look at what is involved in running a Youth Conference. Look for more work crew information in your Back Home packet. No application is necessary; just make sure that they are registered as a part of your church group.

Younger Children

Children who are not eligible to participate in the youth conference may attend the Clubs & Child Care program. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited.

Back Home Leaders

Back Home Leaders are vital contributors to MYC. They provide guidance and leadership for their youth group and help facilitate conversations and questions that may arise. You may be both a Small Group Leader and a Back Home Leader ONLY if there is another adult with your home group attending the conference.

Small Group Leaders

Small Group Leaders provide critical guidance for the heart of the Youth and Middle School Conferences by leading small groups (approx. 25-30 people). If you are 21 or older and can contribute some part of your summer, click the button below!

Adults

Groups who bring extra adults to function as cooks, drivers, etc. may purchase one of three wristbands available:

  • Keynote Only – allows adults to attend keynote sessions only;
  • Recreation Only – allows adults to attend recreation events only;
  • Both Keynote & Recreation – allows adults to attend all keynote & conference recreation events, but not small group sessions.

Adults wearing wristbands will be expected to adhere to all youth conference guidelines. Evening worship services are the only youth conference events open to the public without a conference wristband.

Conference Planning Team

Yes, you too can be a part of planning this wonderful conference for a future group of youth! Click the button below to learn more.

Weekly Schedule

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Sunday

3:00-7:00pm – Conference registration & housing check-in
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner
7:30pm – Welcome & opening program
10:30pm – Curfew, dorm/cottage orientation, and back home groups

Monday

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast
9:00-10:30am – Energizers, singing, and keynote
10:30am-12:00 noon – Small groups
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
2:00-3:30pm – Recreation in small groups
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner
7:15pm – Worship
9:00pm – Big recreation event
11:00pm – Curfew, back home groups

Tuesday

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast
9:00-10:30am – Energizers, singing, and keynote
10:30am-12:00 noon – Small groups
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
2:00-3:30pm – Small groups
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner
7:15pm – Worship
9:00pm – Concert/recreation options
11:00pm – Curfew, back home groups

Wednesday

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast
9:00-10:30am – Energizers, singing, and keynote
10:30am-12:00 noon – Small groups
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00-5:30pm – FREE AFTERNOON
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner
7:15pm – Worship & offering
9:00pm – Big recreation event
11:00pm – Curfew, back home groups

Thursday

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast
9:00-10:30am – Energizers, singing, and keynote
10:30am-12:00 noon – Small groups
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
2:00-3:30pm – Small groups
3:30pm – Recreation options
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner
7:15pm – Worship & communion
9:00pm – Variety show
11:00pm – Curfew, back home groups

Friday

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast
9:00-10:30am – Energizers, singing, and keynote
10:30am-12:00 noon – Small groups
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
2:00-3:30pm – Small groups
3:30pm – Recreation options
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner
7:15pm – Big recreation event
9:00pm – Worship & candlelight service around Lake Susan
11:00pm – Curfew, back home groups

Saturday

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast & check-out

Mission Experience

Considering a Mission Trip? Add a Montreat summer mission experience to your youth conference week instead! Build in a meaningful community helping project for a fraction of what a separate mission trip would cost. Your youth group can make a real difference in the world, while the Youth Conference is making a difference for them!

Each summer, Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) partners with Montreat Conference Center to provide mission programming options for groups attending the Montreat Youth Conferences. These options include a day-long program on Sunday or a Wednesday afternoon mission project. Information about the 2021 expereince is not available at this time.

Specific registration information about the Mission Experience with Asheville Youth Mission is available upon registering for the conference.

Resources

First Youth Conference?

Is this your first time bringing a group to Montreat? Contact Susie Burns to walk you through the process at 828.419.9814 or email her at susieb@montreat.org.

Back Home Packet

The youth conference back home packet will help you prepare for this summer’s youth conference. Sixty days prior to your conference, you will receive the packet via email with additional information specific to your conference week.

Covenant Form

MyMontreat.org (available at a later date) will allow group leaders to do the following:

  • The group leader will be able to send a link to their youth allowing them to complete and sign their covenant/participant information online.
  • Once completed, the group leader can print out the completed conference covenant signature page.

When you receive your Back Home Packet sixty days before your conference, you will be given further instructions about this process. You can also find instructions at mymontreat.org.

Conference Resources

Need some tools to promote your trip to a youth conference? Check out our Youth Conference resources for educational materials to print and place around your church, logos to incorporate into your own promo pieces, and an inventory of resources from past youth conferences.

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